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Friday, January 18
 

8:00am

Registration Open
Friday January 18, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Main Lobby

9:00am

Livestock Movement and Liability
As livestock owners, you may know about production, grass management and customers, but do you know what’s required for livestock movement within and outside the state? Do you know what your liability risks are if animals move themselves outside of fences and into roads, or after people crossing your property? Attorney Steve Coteus will discuss legal issues around livestock and liability. Zach Bartlett from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will focus on official identification and Certificates of Veterinary Inspection required for animal movement.

Please note that the session moderator will be happy to ask sensitive questions on behalf of the audience, just send them ahead to Jenn Colby.



Speakers
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Zach Bartlett

Animal Health Division, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
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Steve Coteus

Attorney, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson
Steve is an attorney at the firm Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson in Montpelier.  He represents businesses, individuals, and towns throughout Vermont in matters including land use, property law, and general civil litigation. Steve lives in downtown Montpelier with his wife, Catherine... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

9:00am

Farm Marketing From the Heart: Three Steps to Building Your Profitable Farm
Charlotte Smith's "3 Steps to Build Your Profitable Farm" teaches modern farm marketing methods that work in today's world to help you build a loyal customer base.

Once you learn the 3 steps and know the tools to build a loyal customer base, the second half of her workshop focuses on the fact that if you're trying to reach everyone with your marketing, you'll reach no one. Charlotte will guide you through an ideal customer exercise to focus your marketing efforts on the people who are ready, willing and able to buy from you. These tools will assure you have a group of loyal customers who will eagerly support you in charging the prices you need to charge to be sustainable.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

3CowMarketing.com
Charlotte Smith founded 3CowMarketing.com, an online marketing training company helping farmers in the U.S. and Canada learn the most current online marketing techniques to grow a successful business.She teachers her marketing course twice per year and published a book by the same... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

10:30am

Refreshment Break
Morning refreshments include coffee and tea, mini quiches, dairy products like cheese and yogurt, and fruit. Enjoy!

Friday January 18, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Downstairs Hallway

10:45am

Agricultural Businesses and Act 250
Are you planning some farm building development?  Is your farm business diversifying?  Do you assume that all farm construction falls under "agricultural buildings"?

This panel session is aimed at helping you understand the types of development that trigger Act 250, what actually falls under "agricultural use", and how to streamline the Act 250 process if you find yourself in that position.

Are you planning to attend this session?  Feel free to email Jenn Colby ahead--we can ask questions on your behalf!

Speakers
avatar for Ari Rockland-Miller

Ari Rockland-Miller

Senior Ag Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Ari Rockland-Miller is Senior Agricultural Development Coordinator with the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. He coordinates Act 250 Criterion 9(B) review for the Agency, issuing review letters that make recommendations to District Commissions addressing a project’s impacts... Read More →
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Tim Taylor

Crossroad Farm, District 3 Environmental Commission


Friday January 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Edgewater

10:45am

Farm Marketing From the Heart: Developing Your Ideal Customer
Charlotte Smith's "3 Steps to Build Your Profitable Farm" teaches modern farm marketing methods that work in today's world to help you build a loyal customer base.

Once you learn the 3 steps and know the tools to build a loyal customer base, the second half of her workshop focuses on the fact that if you're trying to reach everyone with your marketing, you'll reach no one. Charlotte will guide you through an ideal customer exercise to focus your marketing efforts on the people who are ready, willing and able to buy from you. These tools will assure you have a group of loyal customers who will eagerly support you in charging the prices you need to charge to be sustainable.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

3CowMarketing.com
Charlotte Smith founded 3CowMarketing.com, an online marketing training company helping farmers in the U.S. and Canada learn the most current online marketing techniques to grow a successful business.She teachers her marketing course twice per year and published a book by the same... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Theatre

12:00pm

Lunch
A fabulous lunch featuring pork from Snug Valley Farm and local vegetables.

Friday January 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Managing Insurance and Risk
Managing risk is one of the most important ways to protect a farm business, and choosing the right insurance can play a big part in that. Join this panel of experienced insurance agents to talk through crop & livestock insurance, liability, and the ins and outs of making the best decisions to fit your need.  Moderated by UVM Extension's Crop Insurance Education Coordinator, Jake Jacobs.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Farnham

Stuart Farnham

Farm Sales VP, Frazier Insurance Group
Stuart Farnham, AFIS, is the agency’s VP of Farm Sales. Stuart has formed relationships with many agricultural associations throughout his years working with farmers to meet their insurance needs. He is the Vermont Farm Bureau State Secretary, a board member of Orange County Farm... Read More →
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Tom Pyle

Agent, Pyle Agency, Inc.
Thomas C. Pyle / Pyle Agency Inc. is licensed  and services all areas / counties in Vermont & New York while being dedicated to providing quality customer service to each and every client.  Representing American National Property and Casualty Company, Springfield, MO; American National... Read More →
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Mary White

Nationwide Associate Farm Agent, James L. Fewer Agency, Inc.
Mary is a farm and crop insurance specialist as well an associate in risk management. Her agency offers products with Nationwide Agribusiness and NAU Country, A QBE Insurance Company. She and her husband own and operate a 220 head dairy farm in Corinth Vermont. Mary is the secretary... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Theatre

2:15pm

Refreshment Break
Coffee and tea, featuring Butterworks Farm dairy products!

Friday January 18, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Downstairs Hallway

2:30pm

Current and Future Land Use: Understanding Easements, Opportunities and Limitations
Conservation Easements and the Current Use Property Tax Program are two tools which are used to help make farmland more affordable and to reduce the ongoing costs of ownership and leasing. Farmers will often find themselves accessing land that is already under an easement or enrolled with Current Use, or they may be considering making use of these tools, but may not fully understand all of the requirements, trade-offs and implications of these programs. This workshop will give an opportunity learn more about these tools, the benefits and trade-offs that come with them, and some important considerations that farmers should think about when deciding when and how to make use of these tools.

Are you planning to attend this session?  Feel free to email Jenn Colby ahead--we can ask questions on your behalf!

Speakers
avatar for Mike Ghia

Mike Ghia

Vermont Field Agent, Land for Good
Through Land For Good, Mike coaches farmers and landowners on farmland access and tenure, and also assists with the development of tools and technical resources to help farmers and landowners with farmland access, tenure, and affordability issues. Mike also assists farmers with business... Read More →
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Bruce Hennessey

Owner, Maple Wind Farm
Bruce was a classroom teacher for eleven years, teaching students mathematics and science before joining his partner Beth to create Maple Wind Farm in Huntington, VT in 1999. A pasture-based diversified livestock and organic vegetable operation, the farm producers 100% grassfed beef... Read More →
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Elizabeth Hunt

Vermont Department of Taxes


Friday January 18, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Theatre

4:00pm

Tradeshow Open with Refreshments
This year's tradeshow will be spread around a little bit more, to encourage networking and connection.  We'll be featuring tradeshow tables in both the Morey Room and the Steamboat Lounge, so feel free to mingle around and check things out!

Friday January 18, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Morey Room

4:30pm

Focus Group: Research on Climate Resilience and Ecosystem Services
Researchers from UVM seeks input from farmers on what kinds of information matters most to you. Please join us for a discussion about how research on climate resilience and ecosystem services can be most useful to farmers. We want to hear your thoughts! Participants will be compensated. Space is limited.


Speakers
avatar for Joshua Faulkner

Joshua Faulkner

Farming and Climate Change Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua works as the Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator for the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  In this position, his primary goal is to help address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture. His experience lies in agricultural hydrology... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Garden View Room

6:00pm

Buffet Dinner--Buy tickets through the conference!
A delightful buffet dinner available to conference attendees and guests, and featuring local meats and vegetables.  There are a limited number of dinner tickets available, so if you haven't reserved yours now, we recommend heading over to Eventbrite. There's no guarantee there will any available onsite, and we want you to enjoy dinner!

Friday January 18, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dining Room

8:00pm

Farmers Telling Stories (All Are Welcome!)
If you hang out with livestock farmers for any length of time, you know there are stories.  Funny, sad, serious, hopeful, tragic, and wise stories.  So we wanted to create a place for that, in the friendly and comfortable Lounge.

Do you have a story in you?  It could be any topic (although we suspect livestock people love livestock stories especially).  Ideally, it would be something 5-8 minutes long, and an experience or story YOU own yourself (not a telling of family stories, which are awesome, but not quite what we're looking for in this case).

Any questions?  Think you might be interested?  No experience necessary and we guarantee a friendly audience!  It would be helpful to know if you'd like to join...please zip us a line to see if we should add you to the list. Thanks for joining us!

Friday January 18, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Steamboat Lounge

8:45pm

Live Music with Dave Montgomery and the Vermont Pick-Up Band!
For the first time ever, the Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference will highlight a totally different side of our featured-speakers' talents!  Dave Montgomery is a musician and the longtime leader of the band Big Dirt.  

Dave will join a rousing group of local musicians, including VGFA board members Seth Itzkan and Bruce Hennessey, local rocker Chris Sargent, folk musician Cat Buxton, and more. The song list is flexible, with an emphasis on classic rock, blues, and folk standards.


Speakers
avatar for David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery

Dig2Grow
David R. Montgomery is professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington and a MacArthur Fellow.  He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.  His published... Read More →


Friday January 18, 2019 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Steamboat Lounge
 
Saturday, January 19
 

7:30am

Registration Open
Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30am - 12:00pm
Main Lobby

8:00am

Breakfast with the Vendors
Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast plus scrambled eggs and bacon, sponsored by Black River Meats.  Served in the tradeshow area, so you can multitask fortifying yourself for the day along with asking questions of your tradeshow vendors.  Everyone wins!



Saturday January 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Morey Room

9:00am

Farmer Problem Solving Panel (Water, Fence, Infrastructure)
Are you stuck trying to handle farming production problem? Every farmer can likely think of a problem they’ve had, in search of a solution. Sometimes it requires a new piece welded on; sometimes a different animal flow; sometimes a totally fresh approach. Our panel of experienced farmers will share particular challenges, solutions, and a-ha! moments as they’ve worked through a wide range of on-farm challenges. Attendees are welcome to just come listen, offer additional ideas, or throw out new dilemmas to solve! Ridge Shinn, Colin Kennard and Brandon Bless will be our farmer speakers focused on fence, water and infrastructure topics.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Bless

Brandon Bless

Land and Animal Manager, Bread & Butter Farm
Brandon Bless is an agroforester and educator living and working at Bread and Butter Farm as the Land and Animal Manager. In collaboration with Corie Pierce, Brandon oversees the more than 200-acres of managed grasslands, woodlands, and wildlands and the farm’s diversity of 100% grass-fed cattle and sheep, woodland pigs, pastured poultry, and abundant wildlife.  Br... Read More →
avatar for Colin Kennard

Colin Kennard

Operations Manager, Wellscroft Farm and Fence Systems
Colin Kennard is Operations Manager for Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC., New England’s foremost agricultural fence provider specializing in the containment and protection of livestock and crops. He grew up with the business which has experimented and tested the products it sells... Read More →
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Ridge Shinn

Founder, Big Picture Beef
RIDGE SHINN, CEO founded Big Picture Beef in 2016.  His work with cattle stretches back to his twenties when he was herdsman for a dairy farm, but for the past 20 years he has focused on beef.  Ridge was the founding director of the New England Livestock Alliance and for two years... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Terrace Ballroom

9:00am

Grazing Basics (Multi-species)
Ready to learn about grazing in a mixed-species group?  Kimberly Hagen regularly helps farmers walk through developing grazing plans for one, two, three, or more types of livestock.  Understanding the principles of grazing, deciding how to prioritize land and animal management, and special challenges with small ruminants are just some of the tools that Kimberly employs to help farmers learn from scratch or transition from less grazing-intensive systems.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Theatre

9:00am

Creating Healthy and Productive Pastures
How do you assess your land to change it from one state to another, and then how do you prioritize your actions? Lisa and Bruce present different experiences creating pastures from other land uses. Lisa will discuss using livestock and minimal equipment to turn some of their forest (1950’s pine plantation) back into productive pasture. With sloping land and only a 4 wheeler, they are creating pastures using: pigs, some broadcast seeding, winter feeding of dry round bales, rotational grazing, and occasional brush hogging. Bruce will talk about using a mechanized approach to convert poorly-drained cropland to pasture/hayland, and to renovate overgrown idle land. They cut or pulled brush and small trees, no-till planted perennial forages, and manage grazing and mowing to continue improving their fields.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Howlett

Bruce Howlett

Soil Conservationist and Farmer, VT-NRCS and Bobolink Farm
Bruce was raised on a VT dairy farm and has dabbled in a variety of agricultural pursuits. Currently, with the help of a sheep flock he is trying to resurrect a derelict farm in central Vermont. He studied botany and ecology and taught environmental science before turning back to... Read More →
avatar for Lisa McCrory

Lisa McCrory

Farmer, Earthwise Farm & Forest
Lisa works as a consultant, speaker, teacher & writer, offering services in whole farm planning, enterprise analyses, and grazing management for poultry, dairy, beef, hogs, horses, small ruminants, and diversified livestock operations. She and her husband, Carl Russell, own and operate... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

9:00am

Kids Conference Session 1
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. We'll also do fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect and the importance of community connections. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher, Burlington Forest Preschool
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!
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Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center.  She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District.  She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Card Room

9:00am

Broad Lessons From Pastured Poultry
Have you considered adding poultry to your operation?  If so, have you considered what size, type, and system might work for you?  Join Bruce Hennessey for a voyage through their experiences raising laying and meat chickens, as well as turkeys, all the way from backyard scale to processing thousands of birds in a state-inspected on-farm facility, and buying a scaled-up egg washer.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Hennessey

Bruce Hennessey

Owner, Maple Wind Farm
Bruce was a classroom teacher for eleven years, teaching students mathematics and science before joining his partner Beth to create Maple Wind Farm in Huntington, VT in 1999. A pasture-based diversified livestock and organic vegetable operation, the farm producers 100% grassfed beef... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Waterlot

9:00am

Your Farm Has a Website. Now How Do People Find It?
Learn DIY tips and tricks to easily improve your website’s search engine rankings with Kelly Nottermann of Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Search Engine Optimization (a.k.a. SEO) doesn’t have to be complicated. Kelly will share some current SEO trends and practical things you can do to help more people find your farm through Google search.

Homework: search your farm on Google and write down how many times your farm comes up on the first page of results.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Nottermann

Kelly Nottermann

Communications Manager and Farmer, Snug Valley Farm
Kelly Nottermann is the Communications Manager for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. She manages marketing communications, public relations and social media for VSJF’s programs, including Vermont Farm to Plate. She has held various marketing, writing and social media strategy positions... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Captain's Room

9:00am

Updates From the Grazing Research Lab at Philo Ridge Farm
Long-term applied research in soil, pasture, livestock and ecosystem interactions can inform farmers thinking of transitioning into grazing systems or improving their current grazing management. The third year of grazing research at Philo Ridge Farm has been focused specifically on a) relevant information on the evolution of soil health, b) lessons from multiple cover-crop mixes for grazing and ecosystem services, c) forage yield, and quality of partially forested areas. Join Juan Alvez from the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program as he shares results to date and asks for your insights on what research is needed for our grazing community in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvez

Juan Alvez

Pasture Technical Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Juan P. Alvez comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in   Rivera, Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in   Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced   interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Lakeside West

9:00am

A Farmers' Guide to Practical In-Field Soil Evaluation
Employing the soil health principles can quickly build the soil sponge to help us harvest and store water, mitigating extremes of flooding and drought, and boosting beneficial soil organism populations, optimizing landscape nutrient cycling. The Soil Carbon Coalition promotes and evidence based understanding of soil health using whole systems thinking and practical in-field soil evaluation techniques that any farmer or landowner can do with minimal equipment to determine if our land management practice are improving soil health and biological services. Hosted by Cat Buxton and additional Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition members.

Speakers
avatar for Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Educator, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
Cat Buxton is a change facilitator working to build the social mycelium that holds our communities together. She promotes soil health and food system change through education and advocacy, working with individuals, schools, community groups and statewide organizations to make a difference... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Garden View Room

10:45am

Farmer Problem Solving Panel (Feed and Winter Management)
Are you stuck trying to handle farming production problem? Every farmer can likely think of a problem they’ve had, in search of a solution. Sometimes it requires a new piece welded on; sometimes a different animal flow; sometimes a totally fresh approach. Our panel of experienced farmers will share particular challenges, solutions, and a-ha! moments as they’ve worked through a wide range of on-farm challenges. Attendees are welcome to just come listen, offer additional ideas, or throw out new dilemmas to solve!

Speakers
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Miles Hooper

Owner, Ayers Brook Goat Dairy
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Bruce Howlett

Soil Conservationist and Farmer, VT-NRCS and Bobolink Farm
Bruce was raised on a VT dairy farm and has dabbled in a variety of agricultural pursuits. Currently, with the help of a sheep flock he is trying to resurrect a derelict farm in central Vermont. He studied botany and ecology and taught environmental science before turning back to... Read More →
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Justin Poulin

Poulin and Daughters Farm


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Terrace Ballroom

10:45am

Grazing Basics (Cattle)
Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, feed quality, plant species diversity, livestock health & performance, build organic matter, and increase the biological life in your soil. By taking weather, biology, ecology and technology (ie electric fencing, water systems) into consideration you can make your grazing system a success on your farm. This talk will focus on building a grazing system for a micro- dairy and/or a small beef operation. Come with your questions, ideas, and struggles and we will figure this out together.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa McCrory

Lisa McCrory

Farmer, Earthwise Farm & Forest
Lisa works as a consultant, speaker, teacher & writer, offering services in whole farm planning, enterprise analyses, and grazing management for poultry, dairy, beef, hogs, horses, small ruminants, and diversified livestock operations. She and her husband, Carl Russell, own and operate... Read More →



Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Theatre

10:45am

More Than One Way to Extend a Grazing Season
Have you been curious about extending your grazing season, but haven't been sure how?  These three farmers will share different strategies they've used to improve forage and graze longer and more profitably, often starting with run-down fields. Whether starting from scratch, or improving an existing system, adding different livestock, or changing how animals are managed, there will be a variety of examples and experiences to learn from.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Cesario

Marc Cesario

Farmer, Meetingplace Pastures
Meeting Place Pastures is located in Cornwall, Vermont - in the heart of Addison County. We raise grass-fed beef and certified organic eggs. Like much of Addison County, our land is well suited for livestock. One of the things that can be relied upon in our region is the growing... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Fox

Lewis Fox

Farmer, Fox Farms
Lewis Fox owns and operates Fox Farms, producing grass fed lamb in Cortland, NY. He grazes his flock on solar farms in the Fingerlakes and is a partner in Agrivoltaic Solutions LLC, providing contract grazing services to solar companies. He is a founding board member of the American... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lucas

Josh Lucas

Farmer, Lucas Cattle Company
Josh Lucas operates Lucas Cattle Company with his wife Janelle and three kids. Josh manages grass-fed and -finished beef through 185 acres in Orwell, Vermont and 265 acres in Benson, Vermont.


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Edgewater

10:45am

Kids Conference Session 2
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. We'll also do fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect and the importance of community connections. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.

In Session 2, compost and soil educator Cat Buxton will join the kids conference to delve into the wonderful world of microbes and mycelium.

Speakers
avatar for Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Educator, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
Cat Buxton is a change facilitator working to build the social mycelium that holds our communities together. She promotes soil health and food system change through education and advocacy, working with individuals, schools, community groups and statewide organizations to make a difference... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher, Burlington Forest Preschool
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center.  She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District.  She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Card Room

10:45am

Testing Wood Chips as a Winter Barnyard Solution
So you want to improve your wintering facility for your beef or milking cows--what options are cost effective, keep animals healthy, and welfare high?

Could a wood chip heavy use yard be the answer? Join two farmers in their first winter with new chip yards to share how the systems have been designed to work, and pros and cons of their experience so far.


Speakers
avatar for Niko Horster

Niko Horster

Farmer, Shire Beef
Shire Beef combines two abutting properties--collectively known as Broad Acres--across 160 acres, approximately 100 of which is currently in pasture. Shire Beef is located on a portion of the former 1,100 acre Little Brook/Reed Farm, which was granted to Union soldiers after the Civil... Read More →
avatar for Ben Nottermann

Ben Nottermann

Farmer, Snug Valley Farm
Ben Nottermann operates Snug Valley Farm in East Hardwick along with his wife Kelly and parents Helm and Nancy. Snug Valley Farm focuses on raising grass fed beef and pasture raised heritage pigs. In the fall of 2018, Snug Valley Farm constructed a new wintering facility comprised... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Waterlot

10:45am

If I'd Known Then...Reflections on Wholesale
Have you been considering the addition of wholesale markets to your farm business, as it grows? What are the pros and cons of reaching out to the next level and scale? This panel of farmers, processors and aggregators can shed some light on their experiences from both sides of the transaction, and help you think through things to consider for your own situation. With Christine Lazor of Butterworks Farm, Steve Schubart of Grass Cattle Company, and moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Moderators
avatar for Amy Richardson

Amy Richardson

Pasture Program Coordinator, Richardson Family Farm
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby helps livestock farmers find success and lead quality lives.  Under this overarching theme, she coordinates the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference, partners with the VT Grass Farmers Association... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine Lazor

Christine Lazor

Butterworks Farm
Christine Lazor grew up at Butterworks.  Now she handles all kinds details from management and marketing to safety and cleaning.  A deep love for the team, the farm, the animals, the products and the mountains keep her inspired as she and Collin raise and homeschool their two daughters... Read More →
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Steve Schubart

Owner, Grass Cattle Company


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Captain's Room

10:45am

Insulation, Soil Conditioner, Garden Mats and More From Small Ruminant Grazers
Adding value to as many raw products an animal produces often means more financial return for the producer for nearly the same effort. Sheep are important part of the grazing landscape here, but mainly for the meat, and some milk. Their fiber is often discarded, or sold for very low prices. What’s the potential for utilizing the wool from sheep for value-added products? With funding provided from a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant, Kimberly Hagen and Suzy Hodgson worked with Open View Farm in New Haven to explore the feasibility of developing and manufacturing such products. They will report on what they found out.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Hagen

Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →
avatar for Suzy Hodgson

Suzy Hodgson

Sustainable Agriculture Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Suzy joined the Center in 2013 to coordinate local food projects. She has a small family farm in Charlotte where she raises chickens, sheep, dairy goats, and the occasional pig or two, and was a founder of the online market YourFarmstand.com. She chairs her town's Energy Committee... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lakeside West

10:45am

Hiring Vermont Farmers to Grow Topsoil and Watershed Services
Clean water, reduced flooding and increased soil-carbon, like milk and beef, are ecosystem-services that come from effective management of livestock, vegetation and topsoil.
A multi-continent, multi-thousand year experiment in which farmers were hired only to grow the ecosystem-services of food, fiber and fuel has yielded the expected outcome of overproduced, underpriced commodities, degraded topsoil and biodiversity and environmental insecurity.

For communities, companies and governments to hire farmers to grow ecosystem-services like clean water and reduced flooding, farmers need to be able to consistently produce and measure them.

We'll discuss practical, near-term strategy for building our capacity and value-proposition as watershed-services contractors.
 Abe will provide an overview of the LandStream New Scale, a scientific platform for measuring and amplifying production of ecosystem-services, and discuss an emerging farmer-led pilot project to trial hiring farmers to grow quantified ecosystem-services in Vermont.


Speakers
avatar for Abraham Collins

Abraham Collins

CEO, Co-Founder, LandStream
Abe Collins is a grazier and the cofounder of LandStream. LandStream reads landscape-function to help people grow deep-topsoil farms and watersheds and measure and transact the new wealth that results. He has grazed sheep, beef and dairy livestock and lives in Winooski, VT.


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Garden View Room

12:00pm

Lunch, Tradeshow and Discussion Sessions
A hearty lunch featuring lots of local products, your old and new friends, and some themed tables to help the conversations get rolling.  Be sure to visit the tradeshow, too!  We've set aside plenty of time so you can do that.

Saturday January 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Dining Room

1:00pm

Kids Conference Session 3
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. We'll also do fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect and the importance of community connections. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher, Burlington Forest Preschool
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center.  She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District.  She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Card Room

1:15pm

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers
avatar for Meghan Sheradin

Meghan Sheradin

Executive Director, Vermont Grass Farmers Association


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Terrace Ballroom

1:30pm

The Power of Soil for the Future
Speakers
avatar for Seth Itzkan

Seth Itzkan

Co-Founder, Soil4Climate
Seth Itzkan is Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He is an environmental futurist investigating innovative means of land management that offer hope for reversing global warming. He is a TEDx speaker on restoring grasslands and with planned grazing. He has consulted for The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the US Bureau of the Census. He is a graduate of Tufts University, College of Engineering and the Studies of the Future Program at University of Houston-Clear Lake. His private... Read More →
avatar for Karl Thidemann

Karl Thidemann

Co-Founder, Soil4Climate
​Karl Thidemann is a Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He serves on the board of the Somerville Community Growing Center, a quarter-acre, urban oasis offering organic gardening experiences, as well as artistic and cultural programs, to the public. Karl is also Co-founder... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Terrace Ballroom

1:45pm

Dirt Trilogy – Part 1 – Moving From Problem to Solution By Growing a Revolution
Throughout history societies that degraded their soil did not last.  Today, widespread soil degradation presents the least know global environmental crisis that humanity faces.  Montgomery lays out the historical roots of soil degradation and relates his experiences visiting farmers around the world who reversed this ancient pattern.  They have restored fertility to their land and increased soil organic matter through adopting conservation agriculture practices.  By cultivating beneficial soil life through ditching the plow, growing cover crops, and adopting complex rotations farmers in both the developed and developing worlds were able to maintain or increase their yields while using far less diesel and agrochemicals, resulting in a better bottom line.

Speakers
avatar for David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery

Dig2Grow
David R. Montgomery is professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington and a MacArthur Fellow.  He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.  His published... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Terrace Ballroom

2:45pm

Ice Cream Social Featuring Strafford Creamery
Join us for a mid-day refreshment break, stretch and chat in between our conference co-keynotes, featuring Strafford Organic Creamery ice cream.  YUM.

Saturday January 19, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Morey Room

2:45pm

Kids Conference Session 4
A full day kids’ conference will take place on site at Lake Morey targeted for kids ages 6-12. Indoor and outdoor activities may include hand-crafts (with wool!), storytelling around a campfire, shelter building, sledding, or ice skating on Lake Morey. We'll also do fun investigations of how agriculture and nature intersect and the importance of community connections. Children should be ready to be inside and out plus bring a change of clothes in case things get wet.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Popoli

Rachel Popoli

Teacher, Burlington Forest Preschool
My name is Rachel Popoli and I have been teaching Elementary Education in Northern and Central Vermont for 12 years.  I currently teach health education to 1st -10th graders at Cabot School!
avatar for Carrie Riker

Carrie Riker

Environmental Educator, North Branch Nature Center
Carrie Riker is a teacher naturalist with North Branch Nature Center.  She recently rejoined the NBNC staff after working for 15 years with Lamoille County Conservation District.  She currently works with the ECO program (Educating Children Outdoors) through NBNC and directs the... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Card Room

3:15pm

Dirt Trilogy – Part 2 –Working with Life Through The Hidden Half of Nature
Integrating science, history, and personal experience, Biklé will share insights and discoveries about microbiomes, the communities of bacteria and other microbes that are part of the green bodies of plants as well as our own and our animals.  The soils in which we grow our crops and the mammalian gut have more in common than meets the eye.  Though different in composition, soil and gut microbiomes carry on a form of biological intelligence with their hosts that profoundly influence the health and well-being of crops, livestock, and people.  And whether human or ruminant, what we feed these respective microbiomes, it turns out, determines whether or not they and their host can properly function.  This means it’s time to re-examine how we produce food and practice medicine.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Bikle

Anne Bikle

Dig2Grow
Anne Biklé is a science writer and biologist.  She draws on over two decades of professional background in field biology, natural history, and environmental planning to investigate and write about connections between people, plants, food, health, and the environment. She finds... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Terrace Ballroom

4:30pm